‘Learn to Be’ by Brian Mackey

Brian relaxes between songwriting sessions
Songwriting is challenging

Singer/Songwriter: Brian Mackey

When you first meet Brian Mackey, he comes across as a relaxed guy at peace with the world. Asking him to rely what he’s creating lately and his numerous accomplishments gets you smooth responses without any hint of arrogance, this even with his recent success of his track “Are You Listening” in Europe. Brian is more focused than ever at getting his music out to the world to hear. With a growing audience in Germany, Norway and other parts of Europe, he sends his unique voice to wherever the fanbase lives. Building on his own life experiences and of those around him, this singer/songwriter delves into the darkest and saddest places to create a sound that is pop-infused rock mixed with a voice that is reminiscent of the late Jim Croce.  Below is his latest example of that talent in the official release of his latest music video, ‘Learn To Be’.

Brian Mackey knows there are few things in life as brutal as a breakup. Once we’ve become accustomed to the support of a partner, we can find it nearly impossible to stand alone; it’s no great exaggeration to say that we’re forced to learn to walk again. But emotional turbulence has often prompted gripping, forthright art, and Mackey’s latest single is just that kind of a song. “Learn To Be” is an aching, unflinching look at dependence within a troubled relationship – the lament of a man who is searching for a lost sense of self in the long shadow of his partner. It’s exactly the sort of writing we’ve come to expect from Mackey, an earnest chronicler of the human heart whose private reflections always have universal dimensions.

Check out his music at https://www.getconquer.com/brianmackey

HEY GUYS – FOCUS ON THE FUN

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Alternative Art Rock: Hey Guy

“Focus on the fun and the love of the art rather than on the success. And then success will have no choice but to find you.” The perfect adage for this group of fun-loving oddballs, Hey Guy brings a quirky and bold spin to today’s rock scene!  Spanning the globe from Russia to Brazil, Hey Guy’s diverse crew comes together to create a sound that is as equally diverse as they are. Innovative original music with unique melodies, catchy tunes, and a sort of genre-bending freedom that is rare in today’s music, coupled with their hilarious onstage antics and bright personalities creates a new experience for the crowd  that they never expected. After seeing a Hey Guy show, they’ll feel like your long time friends; and you always want to hang with your pals!

For an in depth artist interview, head to:

http://www.conquerentertainment.com/conquer-artist-interview-hey-guy/

SONGBIRD – RACHEL MENCONI

Cabaret Artist: Rachel Menconi

Songbird is an accurate comparison to the ever talented Rachel Menconi. Rachel is a master vocalist with over 20 years of vocal training and experience; as well as acting, songwriting, directing, and script-writing. A passion, and talent for the arts in every facet.

As a performer, Rachel has 20+ years of experience including originating the role of “Antigone” in “Oedipus: The Musical” (NYC). Other credits include commercials, films, TV shows (One Tree Hill, AMC, Food Network), music videos, and numerous stage credits (Regional, Off-Off Broadway, Off- Broadway, NYC Theatre). Rachel is also a songwriter (15+ years), director, scriptwriter, and an international recording artist (8+ years).

Rachel’s voice is versatile and refined with years of classical training. A strong vocal powerhouse capable of intricate operatic arias, and able to loosen it up just as easily for a more fun and flirty pop sound.

GOOD OL ROCK ‘N ROLL FREEDOM

Rock Artist: Fifth Freedom

There’s nothing like listening to some Led Zeppelin driving down the road on a summer day.  Fifth Freedom is the perfect soundtrack for your summer rock and roll sessions!  Originally from Maine, Fifth Freedom has been rocking out since 2000, and joined our roster in 2012.

Headed by energetic front-man, Alan Jones, adds even more to their aggressive and in-your-face tone on vocals, and they make it known they’re not afraid of risks lyrically to show their human side.  Their latest release, “Heartbreak And Hellfire”, is accompanied by a summer tour throughout Maine, New England, and Massachusetts.

Check out their profile featuring the song below, “Times So Fast“, and their Facebook for upcoming shows in your area!

ROCK POP DANCE IN ONE BAND? YOLO!

Rock Artist: YOLO

This band is more than just a Drake reference.  You Only Live Once is a curious mix of pop, hardcore rock, and everything in between, and they just get better with age.  The Los-Angeles based group has been featured on talent shows such as American Idol, X Factor, and America’s Got Talent, as well as headlined for some major bands.

YOLO may look sweet, but their music packs a serious wake-up punch.  Formed from two sisters, their style jumps from the seriously heavy rock feel like found in their song, “Do or Die” to dance-rock anthem, “Lost Me At Goodbye”, in a heartbeat.  A sound to rival mainstream bands like Paramore and the like.

Check out the many sounds of You Only Live Once on their profile!

CRIS VALKYRIA “OUT OF THIS WORLD”

Alternative Artist-Cris Valkyria

Sometimes an artist creates a sounds that is so remarkably unique that you just can’t possibly tie it down to one genera. Cris Valkyria – is just that! She is simply and refreshingly un-categorizable.

Born and raised in Norway, graduating with a degree in Psychology, traveling the world, and finally settling down in Philly; Cris now shows off her musical talents as lead singer of the band “Valkyrians“. Though the bands foundation is in the Alt-Rock genre, Cris takes it for a spiral with her sweet sound, and folky tone. Staying true to her Scandinavian roots, Cris gives an almost elven, otherworldly vibe with her voice. Injecting a fantasy style undertone into otherwise rock driven music.

Valkyrians is a Philly-based band that has established a reputation of a band hard to categorize, but with a memorable sound.

So aside from having a really cool name, Cris is an artist who pushes genre boundaries. The unique sound of her music gives off an ethereal sort of impression, and unique genre-crossing flare. Her Nordic, old word vocals, mixed with the alt-rock sound of the Valkyrians shows something truly unique.

SKUNK RUCKUS

Country/Rock Band : Skunk Ruckus

The release of their second album on May 11th, “Pearls Before Swine” really showcases the band’s unique style and lack of concern when it comes to crossing genres and breaking the rules of sterile formula based music. It’s a gret combination of old school Appalachian Mountain Music and the free expression of punk rock.

Originally a duo with Jim McCarthy on Banjo and stomping a kick drum along with Max Steel on bass, the current configuration has the addition of drummer, Claude Coleman, Jr. and Dave Gilbert on electric guitar. With Jim’s gut-singing vocal style the sound is awesome and you can’t compare it to anything out there, definitely unique and hard to put in any kind of descriptive box.
I think sometimes as regional musicians you end up in performance situations that vary dramatically in regards to the engagement of your audience. Sometimes you’re a rockstar and sometimes you’re background noise for the drinking crowd. The title of this new album comes from a situation Jim McCarthy was quoted as saying, “We were playing a show and just kicking the crap out of it,” he says. “And no one was responding. We might as well not have been there. And then Dave leaned over and said, ‘We are giving these guys gems!’ And I said, ‘Pearls before swine!’” It was all meant in good-natured fun, but the phrase stuck and ended up as the album title.”
 
The Ruckus boys are playing all up and down the East Coast and the Carolinas, if you have the chance to catch one of their shows you will not be disappointed. HillBilly Rock-N-Roll is alive and well!

THE KALEIDO “EXPERIENCE”

ROCK BAND: KALEIDO

Kaleido – comprised of Christina Chriss (vocals), Joey Fava (drums), Ronnie Rosolino (rhythm guitar), Cody Morales (bass) and Zach Bolling (lead guitar) – is a fresh, modern day Detroit incarnation of rock n’ roll. A true,  unadulterated, feel-it-in-your-soul rock sound, with flourishes of pop, R&B, punk & funk undertones – and hooks for days. Fun, energetic, and with a lyrical sense you don’t see in most rock music these days, Kaleido never fails to give one hell of a show. Their latest album, EXPERIENCE, is available now at getconquer.com

“Our album “EXPERIENCE” captures the duality of life that many will easily relate to – real people, real stories, real emotions. Through the good times, the bad times, the ups and the downs; it’s these experiences that make us who we are.” – Kaleido

Tell us a bit about yourselves. Where you come from, where you’re going. How did you guys come together?

 “We all grew up in and around metro Detroit, MI and we all have a deep rooted work ethic. Really down to earth, Blue collar kids, blue collar families. We met each other coming up in different bands in the Detroit music scene, hit it off as friends and then decided to start Kaleido together. We’re following our dreams and the music, pursuing what we’re passionate about every single day.”

What have been some of the biggest influences for you and your music? Where does your inspiration come from?

 “Life’s experiences are our greatest influences. We write about what we’ve been through, what we’re going through, and our fans relate because it’s real life, real stories, real people. Each day on this planet is something to celebrate .. we put it into our music.”

For those who haven’t heard your music, how would you describe your sound in one sentence?

“High energy, intense, feel-it-in-your-soul Rock, with punk, funk & pop undertones.”

Being in a band is a huge change in dynamic from being a solo musician. What would you consider the biggest benefits of being in a band?

“The camaraderie! Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and when we come together it’s an incredible thing. We support one another, and the combination of people in this band is what really makes us stand out. Everyone is very talented in their own right, so when we blend that together its something extraordinary and special.”

Do you have any advice for fans trying to make it in music?

“Be authentic & work really hard !” 

Got any upcoming events or projects we should be excited for?

“YES SIR!!! Our very first full length album “EXPERIENCE” is out now! We have shows all summer so you better come out and see us live!”

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UPCOMING CONQUER ARTIST SHOWS : JUNE 2017

Hey Conquer fans! If you’re looking for some live music this month then check out these upcoming shows and tour dates.

Brennin

@Brennin

  • June 2nd, State Theatre in Harrah, OK
  • June 7th, Belcourt Taps in Nashville, TN
  • June 10th, CMA Fest @ Wildehorse Saloon in Nashville

Dan Reardon

@DanReardonMusic

  • June 4th, Lazy Lobster in East Rockaway, NY
  • June 15th, Brixx and Barley in Long Beach, NY

Fat Joe

@FatJoe

  • June 3rd, Festival Pier in Philadelphia, PA
  • June 11th, Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
  • June 30th, Zlate Piesky in Bratislava, Slovakia

K. Flay

@Kflay

  • June 14th, The National in Richmond, VA
  • June 15th, Firefly Music Festival in Dagsboro, DE
  • June 22nd, Heimathafen in Berlin, Germany
  • June 23rd, Hurricane Festival in Sheessel, Germany
  • June 23rd, Southside Festival in Neuhausen, Switzerland
  • June 27 and 28th, Camden Assembly in London, UK

Kaleido

@KaleidoBand

  • June 1st, Knitting Factory Concert House in Boise, ID
  • June 2nd, Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor in Reno, NV
  • June 3rd, White Water Saloon in Paradise, CA
  • June 5th, The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
  • June 6th, House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
  • June 7th, Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
  • June 10th, The Pageant in Saint Louis, MO

Laney Lynx

@Lynxstagrams

  • June 14th, Father Knows Best in Brooklyn, NY

Little Texas

@LittleTexasBand

  • June 2nd, Swamp Fox Entertainment Complex in Marion, SC
  • June 16th, Old Capital Tavern in Sauk Rapids, MN
  • June 30th, Grizzly Rose in Denver, CO

Maggie Baugh

@Maggie_Baugh

  • June 11th, Piranha’s Bar & Grill in Nashville, TN

Mark Mckinney

@MarkMckinneyMusic

  • June 2nd, Love and War in Texas in Plano, TX
  • June 24th, Sundown at Granada in Dallas, TX
  • June 30th, The Saxon Pub in Austin, TX

WASI

@WasiMusic

  • June 6th, Harvard and Stone in Los Angeles, CA

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GET TO KNOW: LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE

Rock Cover Show: Led Zeppelin Experience

The best Led Zeppelin tribute on the planet

-Dennis D’Amico, executive producer (Paul McCartney)

Band Summary:

The Led Zeppelin Experience is basically a tribute to the great British Super Live Group from the ancient times of late 1968 unto the thundering power of the 1973 and over.  The sound, appearance, mannerism, equipment, and performance will absolutely convince the most diehard supporter of the Led Zeppelin band to believe that they’re really watching the original band performing live.

About The Band:

Led Zeppelin Experience authentically brings back the legend British Super Live Group Band reminiscing the good old days when the “Hammer of the Gods” hit America and went viral globally.

The appearance, trait, performance, as well as native English accents are appropriately organized to give you that magical feel and great night of musical experience.  John Paul Jones, a member of the Led Zeppelin Band, said this when signing an autograph, “this is pretty scary” laying emphasis on the resemblance and similarity of every character in the pictures.  This exceptional and revolutionary band originates from Seattle, WA.

All around America and beyond, the group has been delivering warm and exhilarating performances to fans of Led Zeppelin, bringing back the memories of the 1968 Madison Square Garden performance.  The group has performed together with Molly Hatchet, Nazareth, Peter Frampton, Kansas, Foreigner, Eric Burden, The Animals, Jefferson Starship, and many others.

The group has close to 1 million international supporters and still growing.  Other rock stars like them and many fans of the Led Zeppelin group have publicly testified they were actually watching the original British Super Live Group.

Band Bio:

The Led Zeppelin group has been awesome in living up to standard.  As soon as the lighting faints the appearance, sounds, and feeling takes their supporters back to Madison Square Garden where the group had their first performance in 1968.  The equipment, stage, outfits, traits, and accents will surely convince any supporter that thinks it’s impossible.

The group consists of four characters with full equipment.  Prepared to take a smooth drive or flight to any concert reliant to the location and will journey to any destination both within the country and beyond.

The band encourages all forms of promotions and is entirely keen to do live interviews or audio [radio] interviews and live performances on radio to promote any occasion if required.  Our managerial crew will assist in any means to assure a successful event.

In over 30-60 different locations, we have put in place radio spots as well as music for DJ voice overs.  We bring fans together and encourage contests, gatherings, client-sponsorships, etc.  It’s the job of our managerial crew to cover every single part of the concert with promoters to assure a nice and successful occasion.

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